A fierce FA Cup Final meet us when Chelsea face Leicester on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium for English football’s most prestigious trophy, the FA Cup.
Both teams have had impressive campaigns this year and will come out with the desire to lift the coveted trophy in front of 21,000 Wembley fans, it would be an incredible spectacle with the fans.
Leicester arrives on the back of a crucial 2-1 victory against Manchester United’s second-string team. They occupy 3rd place in the Premier League table, 4 points away from winning a place at UCL. Meanwhile, Chelsea suffered a narrow 1-0 loss London rivals Arsenal to give Liverpool a glimpse of the Champions League place.
Both teams will be aware that they will not have slippage at this critical and decisive moment of the season.
Historically, Leicester will be the underdog for this tie as they seek their first FA Cup trophy on their 5th attempt, while the Blues make their 15th appearance in the classic flagship event and seek their 9th title.
Chelsea knocked Leicester out of the FA Cup quarter-finals last year, and they are unbeaten in the previous nine encounters against the Foxes in the competition – winning seven and drawing two.
FA Cup Final Team News
Leicester will be without longtime absentees James Justin and Harvey Barnes (both knee-length), while captain Wes Morgan will be ruled out due to a back problem. Cengiz Under will also be unavailable due to injury.
Rodgers hopes Jonny evans will be fit to start because his mere presence is vital for Leicester, He is the leader, the brains who speak out and lead the defensive line. The collapse against Newcastle has shown its importance to the Foxes and without it Soyuncu and Fofana look out of place.
For Chelsea, Pulisic is doubtful for this one due to a blow he picked up in the last game against Arsenal in the Premier League.
Mateo kovacic is fit enough to feature in this one but will be on the substitutes bench as Tuchel may not want to risk the Croatian early on given his long time on the sidelines.
Tuchel has also confirmed that N’Golo Kante will start in midfield for the Blues against his former side after missing Arsenal’s game due to Achilles pain.
Tuchel’s side is stuffed with quality and strength.
Planned trainings and alignments:
Tuchel supported Kepa Arrizabalaga to start between the sticks of Edouard Mendy. Kepa also played for the blues in the FA Cup semi-finals against Man City and made some excellent saves, so a deserved start for him.
“Kepa will start the FA Cup final. If you have a keeper for this competition, like we did with Kepa, you don’t change in the final.” – said Tuchel on Friday afternoon.
“He’s part of the squad and he brought us to the final so he deserves to play. Tomorrow is the next challenge for him.
In central defense we have a trio of Thiago Silva, Toni Rudiger and captain Azpilicueta.
Ben Chilwell and Reece James will be used as attacking wingers. Both are good for pressing at high speed to provide width.
In midfield, Kante will start alongside Jorginho who has a chance to redeem himself after an embarrassing display in last year’s FA Cup final against Arsenal.
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We will have Industrious Mason Mount in ten positions, where he has been sensational all season and his defensive outing and efficient pressing are key to this Chelsea side.
At the start we have our regular German duo of Werner and Havertz, they complement each other quite well and part of their bonding play is elegant, Havertz is well able to go down deep and play that deadly pass because he knows that Werner is going to be lurking around that left channel.
In Goal would be the constant scorer, Kasper Schmeichel.
Evans’ return would allow Timothy Castagne to move up to full-back to replace Marc Albrighton, while Ricardo Pereira will be fit to play again, so he will walk away with young Luke Thomas despite his wonderful goal against Man United .
Maddison started on the bench against Man United as Rodgers want to play it safe when it comes to his physical form, so he will replace Ayoze Perez who will be given a bench role late in the game.
Jamie Vardy will lead the line alongside Kelechi Iheanacho, who is arguably the Premier League’s most improved player and is in top form with 13 goals in 12 consecutive appearances.
FA Cup score prediction: Leicester 2-1 Chelsea
It will be a thriller on Saturday. Even though Chelsea are big favorites for this one and Leicester’s recent poor form also suggesting a loss for the Foxes, but I predict a surprise here with Leicester putting up an inspiring performance to come back after conceding at the start of the game. , say, Mount.
Iheanacho and Maddison will be on the Foxes’ scoresheet to seal Brendan Rodger’s first major trophy in English football.
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Chelsea will dominate possession and Leicester will look to attack effectively on counters and turnovers. Both teams have breathtaking attacking skills, so it’s bound to be an intense final. It will be an engaging and delightful watch for neutrals.
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